To the editor:
I'm a Cape Coral resident who recently took a public tour of our North RO (Reverse Osmosis) Water Plant. This plant, in a closed-loop system with the older South RO plant, provides water to large sections of the city. It's obvious to me that this remarkable high-tech, efficient facility stands ready to support the Utilities Expansion Project. There is excess capacity currently, and the physical space and infrastructure are already in place for future growth.
If you think our water is expensive, consider the challenge of producing potable water. The city can't draw water from a pristine lake. Cape Coral extracts brackish water from a deep aquifer. It is a huge engineering challenge to turn this water into a high-quality potable product at reasonable cost. The tour group saw cost-effective features-many of which were suggested by the future operators of the plant to the design engineers. An impressive list of cost-effective measures keeps Cape Coral's costs very low by Florida standards.
Cape Coral can be proud of our water-production facilities. Our tour guides - the operations manager and superintendent - were professional, visionary, cost-conscious, experienced, competent and courteous. I urge others to take a tour when they are next offered.